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Departments dodging MP query on Facebook meetings, say critics

They say the Lobbying Act must change so that the onus to report isn’t only on the lobbyist, but also the government, to improve accountability.
News|By Shruti Shekar
Three MPs in a week have announced they won’t run in the next election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Trudeau team needs to do some work on itself before it goes back to the people to seek their confidence.
News|By Shruti Shekar
'We should never find ourselves in that situation again,' says Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who chatted with Mr. Morneau about the Trans Mountain Pipeline purchase.
The Canada-United Arab Emirates Business Council was in Calgary this past week to boost economic development.
Opinion|Sheila Copps
Donald Trump's slash-and-burn geopolitics stokes the sort of chaos that drives the defence spending he has called for.
Lobbying
Fearing more Canadian tariffs against other countries, some steel users are hiring lobbyists for the first time.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a new interim communications director in her office, as her permanent D. Comms takes maternity leave.
Two former Harper-era staffers have landed consultancy gigs and New Brunswick CBC News reporter Jacques Poitras has a new book coming out.
News|By Neil Moss
With a new U.S. ambassador issuing fewer invitations, according to one ex-embassy employee, and calls for a boycott, this annual highlight of politicos’ social calendars may be a more subdued affair.
In the age of echo chambers and media fragmentation, strategists discuss how the new campaign playbook needs to adapt to reach voters.
For some, their involvement represents a public about-face to their stance on the drug while holding office.
The acrimony after the G7 meeting in Charlevoix drives home the need to expand export horizons.
News|By Neil Moss
Stakeholders say they’re happy with level of federal engagement, but caution against rushing the process.
News|By Jolson Lim
Industry and environmental groups are pushing Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on reforms to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which Ottawa is carefully reviewing for the first time in 20 years.
News|By Emily Haws
Jody Thomas says she wants to pare down the procurement process to get new equipment quicker. Industry and opposition critics support the idea.
If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall.
News|By Shruti Shekar
'I would be surprised if he wasn’t the No. 1 minister being lobbied,' says Navigator consultant Andrew Balfour as energy and environment bills work their way through the House.
News|By Emily Haws
Farm groups are pushing the Liberals to ratify the 11-member deal, but automakers want to pump the brakes until NAFTA is a done deal.
News|By Shruti Shekar
NDP MP Charlie Angus also wants Parliamentarians to discuss regulating lobbyists who take up jobs as political staffers.
News|By Emily Haws
Expect disabilities legislation to be tabled before summer, but the government to otherwise focus on getting through priority bills already in the House.
News|By Shruti Shekar
Kinder Morgan, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and Canadian Energy Pipeline Association have been lobbying the government to gauge the timeline for getting shovels in the ground.
First Nations jurisdiction over pipelines, child welfare, the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, and the proposed Indigenous rights recognition framework are also expected to be top issues in the upcoming national chief election.
Indigenous Services has a budget of $9.3-billion compared to $3.1-billion for Crown-Indigenous Relations, according to the main estimates.
The Hill Times sent questions to all 72 MPs who accepted $620,000 worth of free travel in 2017 and learned most see the practice as important to their parliamentary work, but are divided on the subject of limits and lobbying.
Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr tied as the most lobbied in cabinet in March.
News|By Jolson Lim
'The status quo is not an option,' says the health minister in response to the review's findings.
News|By Jolson Lim
In an exclusive interview, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor weighs in on the results of an external review calling for several health agencies to be overhauled, as well as drug prices, seniors' care, and other hot topics.
News|By Emily Haws
Housing and improved home care are two of the areas proponents of a seniors' strategy want addressed, while some want a specific department and ministry for seniors' issues.
News|By Emily Haws
With a range of public drug plans already in existence, the federal government has a variety of models to choose from, including systems operating in B.C. and Quebec.

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